In Cameroon, a country that has long reeked of repression, a new wind is blowing. It’s coming from a new human rights support network that includes leaders in law enforcement, teachers, media, religious leaders, community leaders, lawyers, magistrates, health providers and more.
By Courtney Stans
This network of influential members of Cameroonian society has joined the fight against violence and violations against vulnerable people including LGBTI people, drug users and sex workers.
Many of them gathered on Aug. 17-18 for a workshop in Yaoundé about strategies for responding to violence and human rights violations against LGBTI people. Among the subjects discussed were different types of violence and violations, as well as the linked issues of human rights, gender and health.
The training session was for members of the RAIL-KPV network, which was formed this summer by the merger of RACC, a project of the LGBTI advocacy organization Alternatives-Cameroon, and CILM, which had been organized by the LGBTI advocacy organization Camfaids.
Following the Yaoundé meeting, network members in Douala met on Aug. 19-20 for their comparable training session, which was held despite floods and bad weather.
The training sessions were supervised by the network’s financial partner, Care International.
Organizers aim to extend the network into eastern Cameroon in the near future.
Courtney Stans, the author of this article, is a Cameroonian journalist who writes under a pseudonym. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.